We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerry, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
One thing about photography that others might not know is the amount of time it takes to edit photos. One photo session can be shot in 2 hours. I can take over 200 shots; however, editing one image might take me an hour. I will take about an hour to edit a photo and end up re-editing it because I have changed my mind. There is a lot of thought that goes into editing one image.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
While in community college, there was a time in my life where I didn’t find exactly what I wanted to do or what I enjoyed. I won a scholarship during the summer and entered the journalism program, where I later became a style editor for the college magazine. “El Don Magazine.” As I did my work as a style editor, I realized I wanted to do more than write about lifestyle. I wanted to take photos as well. As I dove into photography, I realized I enjoy every aspect of a photo shoot. I enjoy styling the models just as much as taking photos. My years working as a style editor for a magazine have given me that extra eye.
It can be challenging to get people to pose for you, and at the beginning, it can get frustrating. There were many times where I got ignored or had models say no. However, there have also been extraordinary people who gave me the chance to get creative with them. The more you take photos, the better you get at it. I continue to learn something new every day.
One lesson I have learned in the past three years is that my creativity has value. I sold myself short in the beginning because I didn’t think I was good enough. I still have a lot to learn, but as soon as I could confidently hold a camera and take great photos, I felt empowered and found value in what I did.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start with a visit to the beach. I am minutes away from Laguna Beach, and so that would be our first stop. I would take them to a few secret spots and then stop to get lunch at one of my favorite restaurants overlooking the view of Laguna. Drive the coast and end up at the harbor in Newport Beach. If they are visiting during the summer, I would suggest a bonfire night at Balboa Beach. It is a perfect way to connect while listening to the waves crash against the sand.
A must-stop is Old Town Orange, a city where I grew up. It is known for antique shopping, but it has turned into a modern hip spot in the latest years. I would suggest dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants and sit down for coffee at my favorite coffee shop, “Pandor.”
If they are in Orange County, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t take them to the coolest rooftop in town. “Hive and Honey.” I know my friends too well, and a day couldn’t go by without shopping so that I would make a quick stop at South Coast Plaza for a day of stress-free shopping spree.
Finally, I would make sure they got to hike some of the best spots in Laguna overlooking the ocean.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shout-out to a few people. Since high school, I have been in love with photography, but it wasn’t until about three years ago when a friend of mine who is also a photographer encouraged me to go out and do it professionally. Michael Cantrell, a talented photographer, gave me my first camera and walked me through the basics. As I continued balancing work and school, I have also been encouraged by my siblings. My twin brother David and my sister Ana have pushed me to continue focusing on photography and clap at every new photo I take.
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